Whether you’re using power tools at home to do some DIY or you work in construction and you use tools on a daily basis, it’s wise to be wary of the risks involved. Although power tools can make life easier and enable us to do jobs much faster, they can also be dangerous. If you’re worried about power tool accidents, here are some tips to help you avoid work injuries and accidents at home.
Top 3 power tool accidents
Using power tools is part and parcel of daily life if you have a trade or you work in construction. If you have experience in using tools, you’re less likely to be injured at work; however, that doesn’t mean that power tool accidents can’t happen. If you’re using a drill, a tile cutter, a saw or any other power tools, it’s essential to be aware of the risk of injuries. The most common types of injuries that occur as a result of power tool accidents include:
- Finger injuries: these include overuse injuries associated with frequent use of vibrating tools, finger amputation, severe lacerations and nerve and ligament damage
- Eye injuries: using power tools carries a risk of eye injuries, as shards of ceramic, glass or stone can fly off and injure the eye. There’s also a risk of damage and infection associated with dust produced by power tools
- Electrical injuries: if you’re using power tools, you should be aware of the risk of electrical injuries, including electrocution
Safety considerations when using power tools
If you’re using power tools at work, your employer should ensure that they follow the necessary guidelines to prevent work-related injuries. All employees should have the relevant training and every person should be provided with suitable personal protective equipment. Tools should be tested on a regular basis and regular risk assessments should be carried out.
If you’ve been injured while using power tools at work, and you weren’t to blame for the accident, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call and find out whether you’re entitled to make a claim for power tool injuries? If you’ve been injured using faulty power tools or your employer failed to provide you with the right safety equipment, you should be able to claim work injury compensation. Take our 30-second eligibility test online or call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice